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« Reply #15 on: October 23, 2011, 09:59:03 PM »

Hey everybody,

Received my next mod earlier this week, a Flyin' Miata boost gauge. I wanted a low-key install, so I decided to get a black-faced gauge and incorporated it into one of the air vents. I chose the driver's side vent. I used the boost gauge installation instructions here on M-S (thanks guys) but the tricky part was how to route the lines from the gauge OUT of the HVAC ducting, as far as I could search no one had covered that. Maybe in the future someone will find these photos useful.



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Gauge installed



This is what the ducting looks like when you get the air vent out. The credit card method worked really well. It's pretty obvious that I wasn't going to be able to get a drill or anything in from the front, so I laid under the footwell and looked up to find the back side of the ducting. I ended up using a pick to just push through the ducting from the back. It's pretty thin blow-molded plastic so it didn't take any force.



You can see where the pick came through. I just reamed it with bigger things (screwdriver, needle-nose pliers) until I could run the wiring and vacuum line. Not a very scientific approach, but it turned out surprisingly well.



Just had to snake the lines through and hook things up. For the gauge lighting I wired positive to red on the factory illumination harness, and ground to the white wire.

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« Reply #16 on: October 23, 2011, 11:18:45 PM »

I tried that spot for the gauge before and it didnt work that well arm would always block it
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« Reply #17 on: October 24, 2011, 05:24:39 AM »

Did you put the gauge actually behind the bezel? That looks really good!  thumup
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« Reply #18 on: October 24, 2011, 06:51:15 AM »

I considered that vent too, but realized i wouldn't be able to see it easily, so I picked the left center vent, was weird looking there at first, but got used to it quick.  I also wasn't able to get mine to line up with the ring perfectly, it's a little pushed to the left like yours.  I actually have the same boost gauge, in white.  Sometimes mine fogs up a little during really humid days.  Do you have that problem with it too?
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« Reply #19 on: October 24, 2011, 10:10:00 AM »

Sometimes mine fogs up a little during really humid days.  Do you have that problem with it too?

Did you block the vent behind the gauge?
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« Reply #20 on: October 25, 2011, 02:53:07 AM »

Thanks for the replies everyone, so far I haven't had fogging but it's only been a few days. With my hands at 9 and 3 I have no problem seeing the gauge. So far so good!

Next project is most likely going to be a roll bar.
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« Reply #21 on: November 09, 2011, 07:41:22 AM »

Exciting and somewhat surprising update here. I've been considering a set of aftermarket wheels for the Speed and had started investigating higher-end Japanese wheels that I would buy down the road. Cruising Craigslist, I came across something too good to pass up:









Real-deal 16x7 Volk TE37s in gunmetal, got them for a really great price. Apparently 16" TE37s have been discontinued so this was a lucky find. I'm so excited!

Fedex indicates that my Hard Dog Sport bar is arriving tomorrow, if all goes to plan that should be installed over the weekend. And then I won't have any updates for a while... poor wallet needs to recover.
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« Reply #22 on: November 09, 2011, 11:24:03 AM »

Pictures with rims on! Warning though... you will want to lower the car. lol
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« Reply #23 on: November 09, 2011, 03:10:58 PM »

I will get them mounted as soon as I can, I just ordered some lugs that should get here by Friday. I do have a question on the subject of hubcentric rings. When I search Google for the TE37 bore size, everyone claims that it's 73 or 73.1 mm. However, the inner diameter of the bore on mine appears to be closer to 64 mm. This is confusing me. Take a look, am I measuring this correctly?

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« Reply #24 on: November 09, 2011, 04:23:01 PM »

TE37s on craigslist?! LOL that's crazy dude, I love those wheels damn I'm jealous....   dink
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« Reply #25 on: November 09, 2011, 08:24:46 PM »

After some more searching I have found that some TEs are 65 mm hub, which seems right. Now I need to find the appropriate rings and I'll be in business.
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« Reply #26 on: November 09, 2011, 08:35:33 PM »

After some more searching I have found that some TEs are 65 mm hub, which seems right. Now I need to find the appropriate rings and I'll be in business.

Miataroadster sell them and they are pretty cheap.
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« Reply #27 on: November 12, 2011, 09:30:25 PM »

It's a great day. Got the Volks mounted!



New and old









I love how they look. I bought McGard black-chrome splines and locks to hold them on. I just did a brief test drive of about ~8 miles and I immediately noticed improved ride quality from the 16s. The wheels are obviously a lot lighter than the stock 17s, which became very obvious when I had to lug these things up and down the stairs of my apartment.

Even in my short test drive I looked over at a stoplight to see a guy staring at my wheels... he knew what they were.  Smiley

Keep an eye on this thread... Hard Dog M2 Sport gets installed tomorrow!
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« Reply #28 on: November 12, 2011, 10:36:30 PM »

To be totally honest--I am not a fan of dark wheels.  However, those are the best I have ever seen and actually look pretty good.  Adding bonus points on the deal you got on them--makes them look even better. 
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« Reply #29 on: November 12, 2011, 10:54:50 PM »

Those wheels are nothing but pure sexiness, absolutely love em'  afro
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